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What My Son Learned From His Summer At Mathnasium of Palatine
May 7, 2018
In elementary school, this was the kid who never showed his work because he did it all in his head. His first grade teacher started him on multiplication and division because he’d mastered the skills they planned to work on that year. As math got harder, he didn’t adjust and he began to think he just couldn’t do it.
His attitude has changed completely now. He doesn’t put off his math homework for the end. He doesn’t get frustrated and say he can’t do it. Instead, he woke up early Saturday morning and sat down to do his math homework before the rest of the family stirred. He now uses scratch paper to write down the steps of the problem, and he knows he can do it. That, to me, is the most priceless of all the Mathnasium benefits he could ever gain.
New study habits
My son’s study habits drove me batty. He insists he just knows it and plows right in to solving problems without ensuring he understands the material. That, of course, feeds into some of the issues I mentioned above. I’d told him until I was blue in the face that this didn’t work and wouldn’t work, but he refused to listen to me.
The tutors at Mathnasium reinforced a lot of what we tried to teach him before. The tutors insisted he write down the steps instead of doing math in his head. They required that he erase mistakes instead of writing over them. They broke down the material into chunks and then worked on the chunk, ensuring he mastered it before moving to the next set of problems.
When my son saw that this worked for him and that he learned more – and faster – using these methods, he started to embrace them. Maybe it had to come from someone not a parent, and maybe he had to see the results of enforced habits. Either way, Mathnasium opened that door to my son, and he continues to utilize this skillset.
When he works on homework, he immediately pulls out a piece of scratch paper and gets to work. He refers to the notes that he’s taken in class rather than trying to remember everything and then practicing incorrect methods and strategies. All that comes back to the fact that yesterday my son earned a 93% on his first math test of the year. He earned it, and he couldn’t be prouder.
Have you discovered Mathnasium benefits for your own child?
With summer ending, the hours for Mathnasium change. They now have Saturday hours from 9:30 am to 1pm, in addition to times after school Monday through Thursday from 3pm to 7pm, as well as hours by special appointment on Friday.
|Mon||3:00 pm to 7:00 pm|
|Tues||3:00 pm to 7:00 pm|
|Wed||3:00 pm to 7:00 pm|
|Thurs||3:00 pm to 7:00 pm|
|Sat||9:30 am to 1:00 pm|
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